De Lange takes seven, Sri Lanka 338 all out

2011-12-27 12:24

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 338 by South Africa before lunch on day two of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban today.

A seven-wicket haul from 21-year-old debutant Marchant de Lange did little to restrict the visitors as they managed to add another 50 runs to their overnight total of 289 for seven.

Thilan Samaraweera paved the way for the visitors as he scored his 13th Test century, and his first against South Africa.

His wicket was the last to fall, giving De Lange his seventh scalp, after scoring 102 runs and striking 11 fours.

With the score at 301 for seven, South Africa thought they had their eighth wicket when Rangana Herath skied the ball back to bowler Morne Morkel for an easy catch.

Following the global trend, however, the umpire asked for a review of the delivery and found it to be a no-ball.

A similar incident occurred earlier in the day in the Test between Australia and India in Melbourne, when Rahul Dravid, on 65, was given a reprieve after being bowled by Peter Siddle.

On review, it was found that the bowler had also overstepped the line.

Herath’s eventual wicket, after Sri Lanka had added another 34 runs, heralded the end of the innings as only another three runs were added before they were dismissed.

De Lange finished with 7/81, the third best by a South African in an innings on debut – after Lance Klusener’s 8/64 in 1996 against India in Kolkata and Alfie Hall’s 7-63 against England in 1923.

He is the eighth bowler to take a five-wicket-haul on debut this year in Test cricket.

Playing in his 50th Test, Dale Steyn failed to take a wicket in an innings for the first time since the Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi more than a year ago.

South Africa faced six overs before lunch and had reached 15 for no loss with captain Graeme Smith on 11 and Jacques Rudolph on four.

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